It is always hard to write negative reviews. And I avoid it as much as possible. But I like playing the devil’s advocate a bit too much for my own good. And I love Dr Pepper. Absolutely love it!
My love for a frosty can of Dr Pepper was the number one reason I opted to read this book. Boy was I disappointed! The leading lady turned out to be a Coke addict. Not the snorting kind. The one that comes in the other red can!
Melanie Parker is a loser if there ever was one. Bumbling and idiotic, she manages to make a mess of everything. In a funny, lovable sort of way. Or maybe not. You will have many déjà vu moments while reading this book. You will visualize Amy Adams and Renee Zellweger. Or should I say Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic and Bridget Jones? Would be the same I suppose. Because that is how Mel Parker thinks. She gives you lots of parallels between Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and others with her life. But she is thinking of the characters on screen rather than the actual literary characters. So she thinks of Colin Firth when she wants to talk about Mr. Darcy, and Jeremy Northam when she refers to Mr. Knightly. And then there is Miss Havisham!
Will and Melanie have been friends since they were in nappies. They can’t do without one another. They absolutely love one another but cannot see it. Now have we ever seen this before? As the author mentions, they are like a non-gay Will and Grace. I am actually surprised Mel was not called Grace. Grace, sorry, Mel, has been dumped by a jerk who is now her boss. There is an Aussie hunk who’s all over her but there are no sparks. Will is dating a girl who’s all wrong for him.
Mel has a perfect baby sister. Her parents don’t really love her. Her father harps at her and she has no money but eats a couple pounds of chocolate every day. Worst of all, Mel is a do-gooder who tries to ‘help’ people.
The book follows a predictable path. There is nothing we haven’t seen or read before. And where is the Dr. Pepper, I ask you? I did have my moment when at the end of the book, the author cites some vague ad that aired only on British TV. Mel Parker does say ‘what’s the worst that could happen’ a few times, but her life seems all hunky dory to me. Certainly not as disastrous as the Martin Lawrence movie (going with the flow of citing movies as examples)!
The book has a British vibe, no doubt. And I have enjoyed all the characters that it is loosely (?) based on such as our Becky and Bridgette. But I think there is an assumption of ignorance where the readers are concerned. Probably a group that has not read beyond the 5 books prescribed in English class, the kind that knows a book only because of the movie.
As disappointing as The Dr Pepper Prophecies turned out to be, there has to be one redeeming factor in its favor. I actually read the whole ruddy thing!